Doctors Do-a-lot: Stories from frontline healthcare warriors
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Let's see what goes through medical professional's minds when a pandemic is declared and they are at the forefront of testing and caring. How does their family react?

Dr. Adarsh Pratap, president of the Resident Doctors Association at AIIMS, Delhi, positioned at Emergency, says it is the reason they signed up for the profession. His mother is worried, but “I tell her it’s like being in the Army in times of war. Ye to karna hi hai (This has to be done).”

Dr. R Sajith Kumar, Government Medical College, Kottayam, is a part of the Corona Clinical Management team for Kerala. He says that his time at work is unpredictable. “It depends on the condition of my patients. After the Corona pandemic, there are days I have gone home at midnight. But that does not mean that I am not working when I am not in the hospital. I get calls from my juniors asking doubts or to update me on the condition of my patients.”

Dr. Om Shrivatsav, Unit Head, Kasturba Hospital for Communicable Diseases, says at times like these he does put some physical distance between himself and family members, until such time that he is sure he is not carrying any infection. “This will require effort, but has to be done.”

An article in the European Respiratory Journal talks of high-risk emergency situations, where “the doctor is subject to a number of competing duties:

1) Duty to patients;
2) Duty to protect oneself from undue risk of harm;
3) Duty to one’s family;
4) Duty to colleagues whose workloads and risk of harm will increase in one’s absence; and
5) Duty to society"

Despite the concerns, Dr. Shrivastav says, “The satisfying part of our professional duty is that we are in a position to make a difference. We must embrace that.”

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Dr. S●●●●●m S●●●●y P●●●●●l
Dr. S●●●●●m S●●●●y P●●●●●l General Medicine
Every Doctor here is a Covid Warrior. We can only hope that incentives for the Doctors increase soon,or else,there will not be many willing to take up such a challenging and a technical profession.
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Dr. F●●●●a S●●●d Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Being a lady n a doctor, I m managing my home n hospital at the same time....I m sure that many r struggling. My prayers that this whole problem ends soon
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Good luck to all COVID warriors...may success be with them every moment ...
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